January History of Holy Name Province

Jocelyn Thomas Features

Notable events for the month of January through the years include the following: One Year Ago Jan. 19, 2018 – The leaders of the OFM provinces of the United States released a statement to coincide with the observance of National Sanctity of Human Life Day on Jan. 22, also the anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. …

Bearing Glad Tidings to Those Who Sit in Darkness of Uncertainty

Julian Jagudilla, OFM Features

Throughout the United States, Catholics are commemorating National Migration Week from Jan. 6 to 12. Below, a friar who helped found a center to assist immigrants, describes the struggles experienced by many people who seek safety and a new life. The theme of this year’s week is “Building Communities of Welcome.”  Every month, volunteers from the Migrant Center at the …

Reflection: Roots of the Nativity Tradition

Fr. Luis Aponte-Merced, OFM Features

The essay below is reprinted from the parish bulletin of St. Joseph Parish in Orlando, Fla. For centuries, nativity scenes have been a popular Christmas decoration. St. Francis of Assisi created the first nativity scene on Christmas Eve of the year 1223, due to his devotion to the Child Jesus. St. Francis was first inspired by this idea after visiting …

This Month in Provincial History

Jocelyn Thomas Features

Some notable events that took place in the month of December through the years around Holy Name Province: One Year Ago Dec. 17, 2017 – Emeric Szlezak, OFM, commemorated his 100th birthday with a Mass celebrated by Provincial Minister Kevin Mullen, OFM, that was attended by a large gathering of friars, friends and family at St. Anthony Friary in St. …

St. Anthony Shrine Honors Sister-Turned-Judge at Gala

John Maganzini, OFM Features

BOSTON – After countless hours of planning meetings and going over all of the details, the 2018 annual St. Anthony Shrine & Ministry Center Gala, the ministry’s biggest fundraising event of the year, was set to go off without a hitch – or so everyone thought. The Oct. 25 date was locked in, as was the theme – “honoring women …

This Month in Provincial History

Jocelyn Thomas Features

Notable events for the month of November through the years include: One Year Ago Nov. 16, 2017 – The Franciscans, along with other religious organizations, sent a letter to President Donald Trump urging the federal government to care for creation and the poor by supporting global initiatives.  The leaders of more than 150 Catholic religious communities, colleges, national organizations, and …

Reflecting on Veterans Day  

Daniel Dwyer, OFM   Features

This year’s Veterans Day falls on the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. Below, a history professor describes the background of the holiday originally called Armistice Day, and emphasizes that “remembering the war’s millions can and should transcend both patriotism and politics.” On Nov. 11, I am celebrating a Sunday Mass at St. Mary of the Angels Chapel …

Reflection: A Litany of Women Who Stood Up

John Maganzini, OFM Features

A friar at Boston’s St. Anthony Shrine wrote the following reflection after being inspired by the Honorable Regina Quinlan-Doherty, who was honored at the Shrine’s 2018 gala. The litany honors the women who have been chosen by God to hear the message of St. Francis of Assisi heard long ago, “Rebuild my Church…” God needed a woman to begin a …

Reflection: A Charter for Elderly Living

Anthony Carrozzo, OFM Features

The piece below is an edited presentation given at a conference to the retired Franciscan Sisters of Allegany at St. Elizabeth Convent/House of Prayer in Tampa, Fla., on the property as the Franciscan Center. The writer describes the need during the journey of life to have courage, to fight feelings of being inconvenient and to find grace. A cynic once …

Reflection: Walking with St. Francis in Troubled Times

Gabriel Scarfia, OFM Features

For the feast of St. Francis, a friar who taught systemic theology for nearly half a century at Christ the King Seminary in Western New York writes about the Franciscans’ patron saint. Can St. Francis solve the severe problems that overwhelm us today in our Church, our country, and our world? Not directly. We created these problems, and we are …

This Month in Provincial History

Maria Hayes Features

Notable events for the month of October include: One Year Ago Oct. 4, 2017 – Holy Name Province launched a special relief fund for victims of Hurricanes Irma and María in Puerto Rico. The friars and their partners-in-ministry raised more than $220,000 in one month. Five Years Ago Oct. 2-3, 2013 – Roberto González, OFM, was honored for his 25th …

A Franciscan Reflection on the State of the Church

Joseph Nangle, OFM Features

This reflection was originally posted on the blog of the Franciscan Action Network. It has been lightly edited for style. The Franciscan tradition has, from the beginning, challenged the Catholic Church. Now after more than 800 years, we are called to follow the example of Saints Francis and Clare, whose life-style contrasted directly with the prevailing Church culture of their …